Why Politicians Tweet

Two economists from the University of Toronto have taken a closer look at who uses Twitter in the U.S. Congress. While generating followers is an obvious motivation for politicians to tweet, Feng Chi and Nathan Yang found that geography and party lines play a part too. Yang writes of their new paper:

Politicians do not react differently to past successes of past adopters within and outside their home state, nor do they react differently to past successes of past adopters inside and outside their party affiliation. Note however that politicians benefit more from adopting soon after past successes within their home state, rather than past successes outside their home state. This suggests some sort of “information advantage” with respect to geography.

If you love political twitter, check out Tweet Congress, a website that organizes and archives politicians’ tweets. Of course, no politician comes close to beating our President at this game: with 6 million followers, he’s way ahead of the herd. [%comments]

Leave A Comment

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

 

COMMENTS: 6

View All Comments »
  1. Andreas Moser says:

    What is a Twitter?

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  2. Twits up, Doc? says:

    That matches the 6,000,000 people left who would vote for him.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  3. Annie says:

    Quote: “Of course, no politician comes close to beating our President at this game: with 6 million followers, he’s way ahead of the herd.”

    Big deal? It’s not even Obama himself who’s doing the actual tweeting, it’s his shills tweeting propaganda to the sheeple.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  4. Jordan says:

    Yeah Annie, if there’s one thing to say about his Twitter account, what with its links to things on the White House itinerary and th occasional note of condolence on the death of a wife of a colleague, it’s that it is definitely propaganda for the sheeple. Thanks for stopping by to share that insight.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  5. an economist says:

    Why Politicians Tweet?

    For the same reason that economists blog.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  6. econobiker says:

    Surely politicians have a minion to tweet for them and in order “stay on message”…

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0